La Trinchera, the newspaper in Nicaragua, published a two-part article about Jason's case. After six months, Jason was finally given access to the public phone and spoke briefly with the reporter. Jason described the prison conditions and his ongoing health problems. Since his arrest over 6 months ago, Jason's health has quickly deteriorated. The conditions in prison have led to increased back problems from being forced to sleep on the concrete floor and various respiratory problems from inhaling the smoke fom his cellmates' cigarettes. The inmates also burn plastic to cook, which causes additional breathing problems. Despite multiple requests from Jason and his attorney, the prison officials have refused to allow him to see a private doctor. They have also refused to allow Jason access to his inhaler. The worst of it came when Jason started to suffer abdominal pain. Jason's normal healthy diet of fresh fruits and veggies was replaced with just beans and rice. He developed an inflammatory condition, which has caused abdominal pains. Jason continued to suffer increasing pain to the point of not being able to breathe. Finally, his cellmates were so concerned, they rushed him to the prison medical services. Jason was in so much pain at that point, he could not walk on his own and had to be carried to the prison doctor. On five separate occasions, Jason was taken to the prison doctor who simply forced injections on Jason against his will. The injections did not help. Finally, after almost a week of worsening pain, the prison guards told Jason that they were taking him to the hospital for forced surgery against his will. Fortunately, the doctor refused to perform surgery without first examining Jason, and, upon examination, concluded that surgery was not appropriate. La Trinchera got the full story. Click here for part 1 or part 2.
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